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5.0 out of 5 stars Hobson's Choice = No Choice
This is a witty Lancashire comedy set in 1880. The jokes are innocent but hilarious, when this play is brought to life on the stage the commical value can be seen hugely.
Henry Horatio Hobson feels that his eldest daughter Maggie (30 yrs old) is to old to get wed and when he finds out the cost of marriage, he ban all 3 of his daughters from getting married. Outraged...
Published on 7 Mar 2004 by dramaqueendance

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3.0 out of 5 stars hobsons choice review
Hobson's Choice
by Harold Brighouse

Henry Horatio Hobson, widower and boot-shop proprietor, is much incensed at the general increase of uppishness amongst his three daughters. The climax comes when he twits Maggie (the eldest and ringleader) on her being past the marrying age. Maggie promptly retaliates by marrying Hobson's best boot-hand, Will Mossup and...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hobson's Choice = No Choice, 7 Mar 2004
This review is from: Hobson's Choice (Heinemann Plays For 14-16+) (Hardcover)
This is a witty Lancashire comedy set in 1880. The jokes are innocent but hilarious, when this play is brought to life on the stage the commical value can be seen hugely.
Henry Horatio Hobson feels that his eldest daughter Maggie (30 yrs old) is to old to get wed and when he finds out the cost of marriage, he ban all 3 of his daughters from getting married. Outraged at being called an 'old maid', Maggie plots to show her father than she isn't to old to get married and she herself can threaten his most prized posesion (his boot shop). Forcing Willie Mossop to marry her, she sets about planning marriages for her younger sisters. By the end of the play, she has shown her father that he does need and relies on her and that he isn't the only business person in the family.
Hobson has no choice in what occurs, as he has driven his eldest daughter out of his house and she has plotted to show him the error of his ways, he has no choice but to accept matters.
This GCSE text version includes an overview of the whole play and gives a guide as to what some of the period language means such as 'marriage portions'.
An outstanding play which is well worth a read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars hobsons choice review, 2 Sep 2003
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Hobson's Choice
by Harold Brighouse

Henry Horatio Hobson, widower and boot-shop proprietor, is much incensed at the general increase of uppishness amongst his three daughters. The climax comes when he twits Maggie (the eldest and ringleader) on her being past the marrying age. Maggie promptly retaliates by marrying Hobson's best boot-hand, Will Mossup and turning this retiring youth into a sturdy fellow whose new confidence makes him a real business rival to Hobson.
Hobson disowns the entire family but finds that he cannot do without them. Bowing to the circumstances Hobson has no choice but to accept Will as a partner in the new firm of 'Mossup and Hobson'.

old fashioned but very true.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The wrong text, 1 Jun 2014
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My apologies to both playwrights, but I purchased this wanting to read Brighiouse's original text. The link to Kindle takes you straight to this version, an updated twist on the play with Indian characters replacing the original family. I naively went on to buy this Kindle edition, which is a completely different play. I will, I am sure, enjoy it some day, but it isn't much use to me. I will now be buying a paperback version. But I feel pretty hacked off that Amazon has taken my money for something I didn't want.
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5.0 out of 5 stars arrived quickly, 22 Oct 2013
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This review is from: Hobson's Choice (Paperback)
This item was orered for my daughter to use as a school text. It arrieved quickly and in very good condition
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3.0 out of 5 stars Worth Reading, 4 Jun 2009
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I wasn't sure if I liked this at first but the more I read, the more it grew on me. There are funny bits mixed together well with some touching moments. Worth a look.
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